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Intel Officials: Terrorist Bomb May Have Downed MetroJet in Sinai

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

British and U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday that MetroJet Flight 9268 crashed in the Sinai Peninsula last weekend may have been due to a mid-air explosion from a bomb planted by Da’esh (ISIS).

The terrorists may have used a barometric pressure bomb formed from the plastic explosive PETN, according to a report on CNN.

Within hours of the crash, Da’esh claimed responsibility, subsequently taunting in an audio statement on social media: “We are not forced to disclose the mechanism of our downing it. So you may bring the wreckage of the plane and search it, and you may bring your black box and analyze it. Report to us the conclusions.”

Britain has suspended all flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh, where the doomed flight originated, at least for now, and has issued a travel advisory for its citizens against “all but essential travel” to the Egyptian resort. Britain has also sent its own officials to the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh to supervise current flights departing with citizens to the UK.

Initial inspection of the flight data recorder recovered from the aircraft indicated the recording ceased abruptly, according to a European official who spoke with media.

That evidence supports the likelihood of a mid-air explosion, as did the U.S. satellite imagery of sudden flashes in the atmosphere above the crash site. U.S. officials, who are not formally part of the investigation, told the New York Times on Tuesday that it is still too early to reach any conclusions about the cause of the crash.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, however, “We have concluded there is a significant possibility that the crash was caused by an explosive device on board the aircraft.”

All 224 on board the flight en route to St. Petersburg lost their lives. Currently the UK government estimates there are up to 20,000 citizens in Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is not clear how they will be able to leave, if they choose to do so, once current flights to the UK are completed. “Passengers who are on the ground in Sharm el-Sheikh will be returned to the UK,” Hammond said. “We are working with the airlines, and the Egyptian authorities put in place emergency procedures and additional screening and additional security” to get them home.

Head of IDF Intelligence: Iran Closing Technological Gap with Israel

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

(JNi.media) Major General Herzl “Hertzi” Halevi, head of Military Intelligence, told a closed lecture on Thursday that Israel and Iran are already engaged in a technological war, in which the Iranians are rapidly reducing Israel’s advantage, Ha’aretz reported Sunday. In regard to the recent wave of terror, Halevi said that if the videos showing stabbing attacks distributed over the social networks existed in 1948, Israel would never have won the War of Independence. He also confided he recently had cancelled a military intelligence operation at the last minute because of a letter he received from a junior officer in Unit 8200, Israel’s cyber spy agency.

Halevi said that the tasks faced by Israel’s Military Intelligence are becoming harder every day. Twenty years ago, he said, when his unit scored a major intelligence coup, “we were fixed for the next five to seven years.” But nowadays, “you may have struggled very hard, invested, put people’s lives at risk, did all kinds of moves, you retrieved something, but at the speed with which our world lives and the speed at which technology is changing,” the expiration time of your discovery is shortened a great deal.

The Military Intelligence chief gave as an example the efforts to gather intelligence on ISIS: “You see those guys from [ISIS] with their djellabas and such, but they are using top technology. This is not homing pigeons, these are the most advanced communication systems with the most complicated encryptions — now go deal with it. And it changes every day.”

Halevi noted that in this new milieu, junior soldiers and officers have more influence on decision making, using as an example a recent anecdote: “We were in a dilemma as to whether or not to carry out an operational maneuver somewhere,” he said. “We were at the moment just before this thing goes up to the Chief of Staff for a decision, and we had to decide — should we or shouldn’t we go ahead with it. Just then one of my officers entered my office and said to me, ‘Listen, I want you to read this, it’s a letter from, a SIGINT (intelligence-gathering by interception of signals) officer from unit 8200.”

Halevi continued: “He is a Major. He writes a letter to the commander of 8200 and to the chief of Military Intelligence, saying, ‘Listen, I think you’re making a mistake.’ It was just five minutes before making the decision. I could have not read it had it come a minute later, after the conversation with the chief of staff. Indeed, this shows the ability of [junior staff] to influence decision making at the most critical moment.”

As to the Iranian threat, the Military Intelligence chief said, “If you ask me whether we will have a war with Iran in the next 10 years, I would give you a surprise answer — we already are at war with Iran. We have a technological war with Iran. Our engineers are fighting the Iranian engineers — today. And it’s going to become more and more significant.”

Halevi said that the technological battle between Israel and Iran is over intelligence gathering on the weapons held by each party and their military capabilities. He was pessimistic regarding the trend of that technological war. “Today we have an advantage,” he said, “but Iran gradually closes the gap. Since 1979, the year of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the number of universities and the number of students in Iran has grown 20 times. Ours have grown by 3 and a half times.”

Israel May Have Been ‘Faking’ That Killing Iranian General Was a Fluke

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Israel knew exactly who it was eliminating an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general in Sunday’s strike on Iranian and Hezbollah forces, according to the usually reliable al-Rai Kuwaiti newspaper.

First reports of Sunday’s attack on terrorists, known as “fighters” in sterile MediaSpeak, indicated that the aerial bombing wiped out six Hezbollah members, including a top General and an Iranian soldier.

Israel, of course, played dumb.

Reports from Iran began to surface that six Iranians were also killed including a Guards commander, and anonymous Israel officials told foreign wire services, “Huh?”

Israel’s intelligence is unarguably the best in the world. It occasional slips up, but it usually is on the mark. But someone in the top echelon was trying to sell a story that, yes, the IDF attacked terrorists who were planning to launch attacks on Israel, but did not know that one of the targets was Iranian General Mohammed Allahdadi.

Then the threats poured in like Hezbollah missiles during the Second Lebanon War. Revenge will come. Israel is doomed. Run for the sea.

Israel media analysts had a field day clawing Israeli intelligence to bits.

No one thought “out of the box” and suggested that maybe Israel was faking it to convince the Iranians, “Gee, sorry. It was an accident.”

It might have been, but it is difficult to believe that Israeli intelligence knew so many details that it was able to pinpoint the targets without knowing exactly who they are.

Turkish Intel Took ISIS Wife’s Fingerprints Though ‘Unaware’ of Importance

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Hayat Boumedienne was in a big hurry as she passed through Turkey into Syria, but not such a hurry that she didn’t have time to spend a couple of days in a popular hotel in Istanbul. Enough time for Turkish intelligence to lift her fingerprints, too.

Turkey’s alert security services managed to collect the fingerprints of the wife of Amedy Coulibaly, an operative for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) even though they maintained they were “unaware” of her importance.

Coulibaly is believed to have killed a French policewoman on Jan. 8 and held more than a dozen people hostage at a kosher grocery the next day, killing four and wounding others before he was finally killed by French police.

Meanwhile Boumedienne had apparently slipped into Syria while all that was going on, and according to a report published in the Daily Hurriyet, after having arrived in Turkey on Jan. 2 to rendezvous with ISIS terrorists.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu confirmed on Monday, Jan. 12 that airport footage showed Boumedienne’s arrival in Turkey on Jan. 2, in addition to evidence from “telephone recordings” that she had stayed in Istanbul’s Kadikoy neighborhood and crossed into Syria on Jan. 8.

French authorities were aware of the information, Davutoglu said. “We provided them with the information as soon as we got it, without them even asking,” he told reporters, responding to claims by the Syrian Foreign Ministry that Ankara had allowed ISIS terrorists to travel through Turkey to Syria.

Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fiden was quoted by Hurriyet as saying that Turkey has deported 1,056 foreigners and imposed a travel ban on 7,833 others to prevent foreign fighters from joining jihadist groups in Syria.

According to the Daily Yeni Safak, Boumedienne stayed for two days at a hotel in the central Istanbul district of Kadikoy on the city’s Asian side, together with a man identified as Mehdi Sabri Belhouchine. The two left the hotel only twice in the two days they were there, the daily newspaper reported.

The British newspaper The Times reported that Boumedienne called France 18 times during her stay in Istanbul, before crossing into Syria. She traveled to the southeastern province of Sanliurfa on Jan. 4. According to the report, the last signal from her phone was picked up on Jan. 8, one day after the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the same day that her husband, Amedy Coulibaly, shot a policewoman.

“It is unlikely that she will cross again into Turkey, even with a fake identity, because her name has been revealed. Along with her fingerprints, her face has also been disclosed,” states a security report on Boumedienne, according to Hurriyet. “She will likely be [hidden] by the militant group. Then she might be dispatched to a different zone to operate.”

Israeli Intelligence Leads to Capture of ISIS Cell in Hebron

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Israeli security personnel captured a three-man Islamic State terrorist cell in Hebron two months ago before it could carry out an imminent plot to murder an Israeli soldier and steel his weapon., the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) reported Sunday after lifting a gag order.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) identified the terrorists, all in their 20s, as Ahmed Shahada, Mohammed Zaro, and Qassai Div Masawada, all of them resident of Hebron.

Shahada confessed to the plot, which included a shooting attack on Jews in Hebron, and admitted to trying to detonate bomb to kill IDF soldiers and to assembling other bombs.

There is no indication that the cell was under direct command of the Islamic State. The terrorist trio began meeting this past summer and adopted the ISIS flag and ideology.

They almost carried out an attempt to disguise themselves as Israeli soldiers with stolen uniforms and then murder soldiers, but they backed off at the last moment.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said that their citizenship might be revoked, but if they get the punishment they deserve, it won’t matter.

Israeli intelligence has been the silent hero – and silent is the way it is supposed to be – in the war on terror.

Shin Bet and IDF intelligence units work 24/7, have informants throughout Judea, Samaria and Gaza and  sort through thousands of Arabic-language documents and social material sources to put together the dots that track down terrorist cells.

Lebanon Arrests Wife of ISIS ‘Caliph’

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Lebanese Army Intelligence has arrested one of the wives of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed “caliph” of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The arrest, made in cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies, was made at a border crossing near the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal 10 days ago, As Safir reported Tuesday.

Saja Hamid al-Dulaimi, a Syrian national, was traveling with a son, approximately eight years old, a security source told the AFP news agency.

Security personnel transferred her to Lebanese defense ministry headquarters in Yarze for further questioning, the source said.

Security forces also reportedly arrested the wife of Anas Sharkas, (Abou Ali Shishani) a top official in the Syrian Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front) terror group. The whereabouts of Shishani’s wife are not clear.

The Lebanese-Syrian border has been the venue for many attacks and “overflow” missile, artillery and other gunfire from the civil war raging on the other side.

In addition, because Shi’ite followers of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror organization in Lebanon support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Sunni Muslims in Lebanon sympathize with Sunni Muslim rebels in Syria, frequent sectarian clashes have torn apart numerous communities in the Levant.

‘Russian Hackers’ Attack Millions of JP Morgan Chase Bank Accounts

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Hackers working from deep inside Mother Russia – with at least some level of government approval, according to a report by The Washington Times – were behind a massive cyber attack on the United States-based JP Morgan Chase Bank this past July.

More than 83 million accounts were compromised – names, addresses, phone numbers and contact information — on more than 90 servers that were accessed. More than seven million small businesses were compromised.

According to a report in The New York Times, the hackers were able to steal “a list of every application and program deployed on standard JP Morgan computers that hackers can cross check with known, or new, vulnerabilities in each system in a search for a backdoor entry.”

All accounts that were compromised were disabled and employee passwords were reset. Customers were told they would not need to change their account information or passwords, and Chase Bank said it would not hold customers liable for unauthorized transactions, according to Associated Press.

Intelligence agencies, the Secret Service and the Treasury all worked together with JP Morgan Chase to lock out the hackers, but it took until August until they were able to do so, the Times reported.

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